Four generations of M3 have earned BMW the kind of respect every automaker envies. The dual-purpose car is designed to be just at home on the racetrack as tootling through suburbia. Having done a little of both here at the legendary Road America track and in and around this quaint Upper Midwestern town, it’s easy to understand this car’s vaunted status.
Recognized for producing brakes for high-performance cars, Italy-based Brembo has expanded its product strategy to include high-volume mainstream vehicles. But BMW, Mercedes and the new Chevrolet Corvette remain core customers....More
Brembo stepped up its presence in the market for foundation brakes as one of the top players, Robert Bosch, was exiting because profit margins are thin, compounded at the time by declining volumes. Rivals TRW and Continental remained. But Brembo’s biggest advantage over the established giants was entering the segment without extensive legacy costs and large amounts of capacity going unused.
Lacks’ only customer to date is Audi, which is using the innovation on its flagship ’15 A8 Quattro. The A8 is a low-volume car, but for the privately owned supplier the application marks a significant breakthrough....More
“Ablation casting was a key concept in order to produce this spaceframe,” Chief Engineer Ted Klaus says of the new NSX. “Without being able to apply castings at all the suspension points, we couldn’t produce a body this rigid.”...More
Many established U.S. suppliers downsized during the market downturn of 2008 and 2009. That left room for new suppliers to get a foothold in the now-booming market, and Chinese firms are taking advantage of that opportunity....More
Group Vice President Doug Murtha says buyer demographics for the iA sedan and iM hatchback basically are the same as those for any car in the Scion lineup: people who want a high-mileage, affordable new small car that isn’t bare-bones....More
The in-vehicle experience continues to evolve rapidly, with both automakers and suppliers ramping up the rate of innovation. Here are a few thoughts on how we can bring a human touch to these connected features....More